Spy Science: 40 Secret-Sleuthing, Code-Cracking, Spy-Catching Activities for Kids

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Sh-h-h-h-h-h!!

Top Secret...

Crack the code of superspy science fun!

Make your own spy sunglasses
* Write messages with invisible ink
* Hook up a secret alarm, and much more!

Discover how spies use science to keep—or uncover—top secrets. Learn how to go under cover, master Morse code, and even build devices...

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Overview

Sh-h-h-h-h-h!!

Top Secret...

Crack the code of superspy science fun!

Make your own spy sunglasses
* Write messages with invisible ink
* Hook up a secret alarm, and much more!

Discover how spies use science to keep—or uncover—top secrets. Learn how to go under cover, master Morse code, and even build devices to see and hear through walls! These and dozens of other fun-filled activities give you an inside look at the science behind spy gadgets and tricks of the trade. All the activities are completely safe and can be done with everyday stuff from around the house.

Describes the skills, equipment, and techniques that spies use. Includes activities and experiments.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Catherine Petrini
Kids like spies. Dangerous missions, sneaky disguises, secret messages, and high-tech devices capture their imaginations in movies and TV shows. Jim Wiese's book enables the young reader to play spy, with step-by-step instructions to the tricks of the espionage trade. Wiese explains how to create cool disguises, how to build such gadgets as a periscope and a makeshift compass, how to write messages in code or invisible ink, and even how to steam open an envelope. The activities are educational as well as fun; Wiese analyzes underlying scientific principles and relates anecdotes about real-life spies. Some activities (clearly marked) require adult supervision. Necessary materials are available in most homes or can be bought inexpensively. But the most important tools a kid needs for conducting these investigations are an open mind, creative thinking, and a willingness to ask questions.
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This outstanding book describes skills, equipment and techniques used by spies. It contains dozens of hands-on activities that show youngsters how to make their own spy sunglasses, write messages with invisible ink, hook up a secret alarm, master Morse code, build devices that see and hear through walls, and much more. These entertaining and informative activities are designed to help students learn more about the important role science plays in uncovering top secrets. Each project in this book includes background information, a list of materials, step-by-step directions, extension ideas, and an explanation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471146209
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 768,555
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.01 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

JIM WIESE (British Columbia, Canada) is a science teacher and an educational adviser who has won Teacher-of-the-Year awards in both the United States and Canada. He is the author of the popular kids' science-activities books Roller Coaster Science, Rocket Science, and Detective Science, all published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Daring Disguises: Going Undercover as a Spy.
Tricks of the Trade: Mastering Spy Skills and Techniques.
Magical Gadgets: Building Spy Tools and Devices.
"Goldilocks Calling Papa Bear:" Making Contact and Sending Secret Messages.
Cipher Secrets: Making (and Breaking) Codes.
Glossary.
Index.
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